7.2 Good
     
Petaluma, California

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Petaluma, California


20 Rainsville Rd
Petaluma, California 94952
Phone: (707) 763-1492

Sites: 307
Recent Rate: $75 5/2017

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Latitude: 38.271795702486
Longitude: -122.67743825912
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

185 Reviews

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Review Count: 176
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

This KOA is perfectly located for exploring San Fransisco, Bodega Bay, Dry Creek, Sonoma wine area and even Napa is doable. You could easily spend a week in the area and Petaluma is a charming town to be centered in. We were there during Mothers Day weekend and the park was completely full. There is a lot for kids to do but there is very little supervision by KOA we had kids and adults cut through our site both walking and riding a bike. Very loud at night with no quiet time and no KOA employee to be found. Driving thru the park was an adventure with bikes and very little kids cutting in front of you. We love to camp with our grandkids but this park was not safe. The park is built on a hill and the sites are not level, there was weak water pressure and hookups in an awkward location. We had the feeling the employees where over whelmed and had lost control. Only the location will bring us back. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

We were here over Mother's day weekend, plus 2 days after. Check in was a nightmare. RVs were stacked up on the entrance road, had to park and walk up the hill to check in. Long lines inside. You'd think they'd be prepared for this. From arrival to pulling into our site took about an hour. As someone else said, this place is dangerous for kids - tons of kids darting around on bikes and skateboards. We almost hit one child who cut in front of us. This is the parent's fault though. Too many adults drinking and talking loudly around the campfire, paying no attention at all. What a difference Sunday night! Very quiet and peaceful. I would never come here on a weekend again. Our site was very un-level. First half flat, the rest sharply sloping up. Most sites were nice and grassy,but ours was dirt and weeds. If most of the park is nice, why let multiple 50 amp pull through sites be in this condition? Cable TV also did not work. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
174
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

So definitely believe the negatives of this park. On the weekends, it's a complete madhouse. The park caters to families with young kids. And yes, the first time you see Thursday roll around you will be in bewildered awe how ridiculously busy it is. A ton of in and out traffic. The sites are also extremely hit-or-miss. Some are level, some aren't. Some have access to satellite signal, others don't. That said, the area itself is lovely. The sites, if you get a nice site, is really functional. There are lots of trees (nice for privacy, bad for satellite). It is big rig friendly, although there are some tight turns. Slow and steady will get you in and out. On non-weekends, it's a great park. On the weekends, just prepare, know it will be bad and figure out things to do in town far away from the madhouse. We stayed in sites 177 (no sat), 178 (sat) and 240 (we didn't have it, then we did once we put the jacks out). Site 240 was completely unlevel and for the first time actually had to put blocks out (we have air leveling as well as jacks in our class A). That said, after the shock of the romper room that starts on Thursday nights, we found ourselves enjoying it here. Quick note: if you want an end spot (and these are the much better spots because they have a usable firepit and a swing), call and pay $20 to reserve that spot. They don't advertise this on the website. Requesting it won't get it. The firepits on non-end spots are pretty unusable because you're practically in your neighbor's window. Sites are tight and we had to park our tow vehicle elsewhere in order to also park in an area to access satellite. The interior roads were confusing. Are they one-way? No one seemed to know. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
177 178 240
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you want a specific spot, call the office to reserve it for an extra $20. It may seem like a rip off but you'll be grateful you did. Otherwise your spot will not be ideal.

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived for one night, after dark, in the driving rain. Reception was friendly and quick, but due to the poor lighting, complex layout and close quarters I had to make an extra loop to locate our site. A guide would have been very helpful. The site was a pull through but on a hillside and muddy off the pad area. In general, adequate but nothing special. The park overall was nothing special, but had a number of family oriented facilities. We would stay there again, but only as a matter of convenience when passing through. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
142
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

This is a reasonable place to stay when coming from the north and easy to find once off the main highway.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed one night, and it was December so there weren't the usual crowds. Check in was easy, staff courteous and efficient. Site was reasonably level & spacious. The previous camper must have had a problem dumping his black tank though, as there was waste on the ground. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Q231
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Large park with sites of average size. We were there in the rainy season so the sites with thin grass were a bit muddy. Close to San Francisco, but located in the beautiful farmland of northern CA. Lots of activities for kids. Nice dog park. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Real nice "woodsy" park. We had an end space and loved it. They seem to have a resident camp kitty who fell in love with my husband. What a sweet kitty to. Lots of shade and overall a pleasant place. We'd go back again in a heartbeat. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
66
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

Huge park and very busy. Mostly locals, so tons of kids on weekends, but still busy in week. Rates much more expensive on weekends. Actually too many kids on banana bikes, some with no helmets or flags. Tricky driving with them all over the place. Many amenities, but mostly kid oriented. San Fran trip did not have enough takers so had to book in and drive to city. Found park hard to drive around. Need a few EXIT signs. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Sonoma vineyards. Especially those that don't charge for tasting (Jacuzzi Bros and Kline for e.g.). Preferred area over Napa. San Fran tour a must for newcomers like us.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $68.00
Overall Rating:      

We were here for a week, unfortunately including Labor Day weekend. It was a madhouse; every square inch was covered with people. There were so many children on bicycles, it became a safety risk to walk the dogs. Awful! Then it cleared out and it was a quiet normal campground with tight, short, level spots. There is almost no grass, just dry dirt.There were several washers and dryers out of order in the laundry room. We had an overnight guest and they charged extra for her visit. We had someone come do some work in our RV for 1 1/2 hours and they charged us extra for that too. It is a convenient location, so I guess that is what you are paying for. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park. Very family friendly. Excellent dog area, clean with good grass and facilities like ramps, water etc. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm a travel nurse and enjoyed my stay. The laundry room did get busy on the weekends, but that's to be expected. They allowed my 3 chihuahuas to stay and didn't have a problem. The park is a bit expensive but it was perfect for my job in Santa Rosa. Staff was nice. I was able to store my flatbed trailer at the park as well. If I'm in the area, I would stay again. Just be aware that there are lots of kids that stay on the weekends. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this place. This is a great place if you have children, great if you don't but you won't use a lot of the amenities. Petting zoo, climbing wall, bounce pillow, pool, hot tub, playground, arcade, extensive store (including local wines), an outside movie by the pool every evening and a pancake breakfast on the Sunday morning we were there. They have something going every week in the summer. We took the San Francisco tour which was awesome. The tour guide does a great job and takes you places you can't go to on the big buses and has great background having grown up there. We can't say enough good about this tour. All the staff we interacted with were friendly. The only thing that could be better is warmer, sunnier weather but they can't control that. We have already recommended this place to friends who have stayed there and liked it as well and we would definitely stay again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to have a jacket and sweater and dress in layers. When the fog comes in in the late afternoon, it gets cold until it burns off mid morning and then gets warm.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

The men's RR was constantly out of toilet paper and filthy. I usually use the handicapped facilities in campgrounds because of my needs; I could not use these because of the above mentioned issues. The ladies working in the office were very nice and trying very hard to handle all the issues coming from the customers. But, what are apparently supervisors were curt and rude and interrupted the workers, in front of us, to correct. Embarrassing them is not the way to supervise or train employees. It was uncomfortable for me to witness this. A premium site should be level enough to get your rig at some sort of useable angle, but they aren't. Although a night patrol was on duty, little was done about the noise until after 2:00am. For the prices charged, I expected a better quality, i.e. relative level site, laundry facilities working, clean site, quiet hours enforced. I'll dry camp at the Walmart before I stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
main campground
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best things about the park is the van tour they offer to San Francisco. John was a fantastic guide to the city and it kept us from having the hassle of driving ourselves and parking a car. The sites were not quite level, so we had to use blocks, but the situation wasn't too bad. Another fine thing about the park are the redwoods throughout the park, along with other trees. If you have kids, the park is a destination in and of itself, with a large pool, trampoline, rock climbing, petting zoo, pool tables, video arcade, etc. Everything was clean and well-maintained. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take the San Fran van tour. Visit Armstrong Redwood Reserve to the north. And of course wander about the Sonoma wineries. Have an outstanding lunch at the girl and the fig in Sonoma--well worth it.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $67.00
Overall Rating:      

This "kampground" is like an amusement park. There is so much to do, especially for kids. Kids where everywhere like flies, and I count my child among them. The pool is huge and very clean. The campgrounds are somewhat dry and plain - not exactly close, nor widely spaced - just middle of the road for this type of camp. I suppose it's difficult to maintain grass in California at this time. It was all brown and dusty. Our neighbors were very nice and friendly. The staff was friendly but also crazy busy. The office was a madhouse all day long. Utilities were fine - no problems. By 10pm, the campground was quiet every night. Only problem was some of the teens would walk through my campground. I would stay here again. Camping in the bay area is slim pickin's, so it's not like there is much else that is better nor cheaper - especially for a family. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
152
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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